Other Search Services OK with Microsoft

Microsoft has decided to publish information for computer makers that will make it easier to set non-Microsoft Internet search engines at the default on new PCs. According to The New York Times, Microsoft plans on bundling a new search service with Windows Vista that is designed to compete with search giant Google.

In the past, Microsoft would typically make it difficult for competing products to work with its Web browser and other applications in an effort to block out companies that could potentially eat into its marketshare. The move marks a change in the companyis attitude towards potential competitors.

Bradford L. Smith, Microsoftis general counsel, backed that up by stating the Windows and Internet Explorer maker is committed to developing an open system that allows for competition between PC makers or developers.

The announcement means that PC makers can choose to leave Microsoftis search tool set as the default when they ship computers with Windows Vista, or offer an alternative like Google.